Vivaldi - Manchester Sonatas | Arcana A422

Vivaldi - Manchester Sonatas

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Label: Arcana

Cat No: A422

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st March 2010

Contents

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord, organ)
Maurizio Naddeo (cello)
Paolo Pandolfo (double bass)
Rolf Lislevand (theorbo)

Works

Vivaldi, Antonio

Manchester sonatas nos.1-12 (complete)

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord, organ)
Maurizio Naddeo (cello)
Paolo Pandolfo (double bass)
Rolf Lislevand (theorbo)

About

Discovered by Michael Talbot in 1973, the 12 sonatas of the Manchester manuscript are generally considered the high point of the composer’s chamber music. In his liner notes, Michael Talbot reckons that Vivaldi assembled them to present to Cardinal Ottoboni, the great Roman patron of the arts (portrayed by Francesco Trevisani on the front cover), on the occasion of the cardinal’s visit to Venice, his birthplace, in 1726.

They are performed here by Fabio Biondi, one of the most authoritative Vivaldi performers, accompanied by an all-star continuo group: Rinaldo Alessandrini, Rolf Lislevand, Paolo Pandolfo and Maurizio Naddeo.

Long overdue for re-release, this milestone of the Arcana catalogue returns with new artwork and new digipack presentation.

Born in Palermo, Fabio Biondi began his international career at the age of 12, performing his first solo concert with the RAI Symphony Orchestra. When he was 16, he was invited by the Musikverein to perform Bach’s violin concertos. Since then, Biondi has performed with ensembles including Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Seminario Musicale, La Chapelle Royale and Les Musiciens du Louvre, all specialising in the performance of baroque music using original technique and instruments.

In 1990, he founded Europa Galante, an ensemble which, in just a few years thanks to their worldwide concert schedule and extraordinary recording successes, became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music at that time.

Recorded June 26th - 30th 1991, Great Hall of the Arsenal in Metz, France.

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